Obama Taps Clyburn’s Daughter for FCC

Posted June 25, 2009 at 4:55pm

The Clyburn clan is extending its reach into the Obama administration.The White House on Thursday announced it is tapping Mignon Clyburn — daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — for a five-year term on the Federal Communications Commission.The commission’s five members have regulatory authority over the telecommunications industry, meaning their decisions have a bottom-line impact on a significant chunk of the economy. Clyburn must now be confirmed by the Senate.Clyburn spent most of her career with the Coastal Times, a Charleston, S.C., newspaper where she worked as an editor, general manager and publisher. Since 1998, she has served on the state’s Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities and transportation companies.James Clyburn was officially neutral in the Democratic primaries last year but was widely seen as favoring Obama. He criticized former President Bill Clinton making for what he called racially insensitive remarks in the wake of South Carolina’s fourth-in-the-nation balloting. And he was the first House Democratic leader to endorse Obama when the primary season wrapped up in early June.